The much anticipated trek through the Great Himalaya Trail that stretches from the foothills of Kangchenjunga in the eastern Taplejung district to remote Darchula in the far-west takes off on Friday. The Great Himalaya Trail- Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT) will be led by Apa Sherpa who has scaled Mt. Everest 21 times so far.

Apa and his team will travel from Taplejung to Darchula carrying a national flag handed to them by President Ram Baran Yadav at his office on Thursday in Kathmandu.The trek will end on 13th May 2012. He will be accompained by Dawa Steven Sherpa, Saurav Dhakal and Samir Jung Thapa in a 1,700 km and 120 days trek through across 20 districts of Nepal.

The trek has been jointly organised by Himalayan Climate Initiative in coordination with the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, with the support of DFID, British Council, SNV, NTB,TAAN and other Great Himalayan Trail Development Program partners, to sensitize the impacts of climate change in the Himalayas and to promote TGHT as the best trans-himalayan trekking route in the world that offers trekkers experience of beautiful landscapes, rich biodiversity and cultures.

Speaking on the occasion, President Yadav, who has been avid campaigner against the climate change said: “The trek will help identify the impacts of Climate Change in the Himalayas, and showcase how sustainable tourism can be used as a tool for poverty reduction and to build climate-resilience among impoverished mountain communities in Nepal”.

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